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Finding Aid to the Sunny Bak Photography Collection Coll2013.037
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  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Seperated materials

  • Title: Sunny Bak photography collection
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.037
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.1 linear feet. 1 archives carton + 1 archives flat box + 4 posters.
    Date (inclusive): 1993-2002
    Abstract: The collection includes Bak's medium format color transparenices/unmounted slides of Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel and alternative layouts for the June 21, 1993, Newsweek cover story, "Lesbians Come Out Strong." The collection also contains Bak's images of lesbian women and couples on 10% Productions and G Gallery greeting cards, postcards and posters. Bak photographed hundreds of entertainers including members of 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, and Philippe Saisse. She may be most well-known for her work on the Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill.
    creator: Bak, Sunny

    Biography

    Sunny Bak was born in Manhattan. She was a photographer for her junior high school newspaper in Queens, New York. She shot the cast of Broadway shows for the paper. She went on to study at The School Visual Arts Nikon House and at The New School for Social Research under Philippe Halsman.
    In 1976, while still in high school she opened her first studio in Manhattan. During this time Bak photographed hundreds of entertainers including members of 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, and Philippe Saisse. She may be most well-known from this period for her work on the Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill.
    From 1986 to 1991, she had studios in New York and Los Angeles during this time she also photographed fashion in London, England. In 1992 she relocated to Venice Beach, California.
    Bak’s works have appeared in British Elle, Cosmopolitan, Details, Hampton’s Newspaper magazine, Time Magazine, Woman’s World and one of the bestselling issues of Newsweek. Her portrait photography includes images of Carol Alt, Danzig, Seth Green, Gregory Peck, Jason Priestly, Keanu Reeves, Slayer and the Village People.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes Bak's medium format color transparenices/unmounted slides of Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel and alternative layouts for the June 21, 1993, Newsweek cover story, "Lesbians Come Out Strong.". The collection also contains Bak's images of lesbian women and couples on 10% Productions and G Gallery greeting cards, postcards and posters.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Acquisition

    Gift of Sunny Bak, October 1, 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Sunny Bak Photography Collection, Coll2013-037, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Katrina Sire, May 2013.

    Seperated materials

    Removed to the ONE greeting card collection:
    10% Productions - 11404-200, 12216-200, 13601-200,13209-200, 13206-200, 13306-200, 14103-200, 14204-200, 15402-200, 17106-200, 17210-200, 17211-200, 17406-200, 17502-200, 17305-200, 17701-200, 18403-200, x205-200, x206-200, 29885-225, 27104035
    Gallery Collection - 53196-200
    Simply Love by 10% Productions - 33231
    Visions by 10% Productions - 25660-200

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lesbians--California--Los Angeles
    Mass media and gays--United States
    Photographs